Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church shooting victims
Charleston shooting victims Six women and three men were killed in the shooting the night of June 17, 2015 at historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He then made a series of derogatory remarks, CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports.
Rev. Clementa Pinckney Six women and three men were killed in the church rampage, including Rev. Clementa Pinckney (seen here). Pinckney, 41, served as pastor for Emanuel AME, in addition to his role as a state senator for District 45.
In 1999, Ebony Magazine named Pinckney one of the 30 African American leaders of the future.
Pinckney, a magna cum laude graduate of Allen University, was a married father of two. In 1997, he was elected to the State House of Representatives at age 23, making him the youngest African American legislator in South Carolina history.
Cynthia Hurd Officials with the Charleston County Public Library announced that the library manager at their facility was also killed in the shooting. CCPL identified her as 54 year old Cynthia Hurd and released the following statement:
“Cynthia worked with Charleston County Public Library 31 years, serving as branch manager of the John L. Dart Branch from 1990 2011 before becoming manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library. Her loss is incomprehensible, and we ask for prayers for her family, her co workers, her church and this entire community as we come together to face this tragic loss.
“To honor our co worker and all those lost, Charleston County Public Library’s 16 locations are closed today, Thursday, June 18, 2015.”
Cynthia Hurd Cynthia Hurd was the sister of former North Carolina Sen. Malcolm Graham. He released the following statement on his sisters death:
“My sister, Ms. Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, was a victim of the senseless hate crime at Emanuel AME Church. It is unimaginable that she would walk into church and not return. But that’s who she was a woman of faith. This is a very difficult time for our family, and Cynthia will be sorely missed. Our family is close knit, and our faith will see us through. I also extend condolences to the other families of Emanuel AME Church and the city of Charleston who have been affected by this inconceivable tragedy.
“My family and I appreciate the thoughts and prayers from people across North Carolina and South Carolina.”
Credit: Charleston County Public Library
Tywanza Sanders Tywanza Sanders, 26, has been reported as the third victim. Sanders worked at Smitty’s Super Seven Barber in Charleston.
“I’ve been up all night,” Michele Gray said of learning her best friend, Tywanza Sanders, was killed in the deadly rampage. “My brother called me and it was shock, disbelief. I was like ‘you’re lying. This cannot happen to us, cannot happen to his family’. I’m at a loss for words to even explain how I feel.”canada goose outlet
Tywanza Sanders Church shooting victim Tywanza Sanders is seen here in a photograph, provided by his best friend Michele Gray.
Sanders was also an alum of Allen University. In a statement to CBS News, the school’s president, Lady June Cole, said that 26 year old, a 2014 graduate in business administration, was also killed.
“He was a quiet, well known student who was committed to his education,” Cole said. “He presented a warm and helpful spirit as he interacted with his colleagues. Mr. Sanders was participating in the Bible Study session at Mother Emanuel church at the time of the shooting.”
On his Instagram account Sanders described himself as a businessman, college grad, poet, artist and barber. He added in his profile that he is living life where God takes him.
Sharonda Singleton The fourth reported victim, Sharonda Singleton, 45, was the head coach of the girls’ track and field at Goose Creek High School.
She also worked as a speech and language pathologist at the school.
“Mrs. Singleton was a true professional at Goose Creek High School,” said Principal Jimmy Huskey. “She cared about her students and was an advocate for them, always willing to listen to and talk with them. She was always there with a smile and ready to help. Mrs.
“She had a big smile,” Huskey said. “Her No. 1 concern was always the students. She made a difference in the lives of children. She cannot be replaced here at this school.”
Sharonda Singleton Sharonda Singleton was the mother of three and had run track herself as a student at South Carolina State University, helping lead her team to a conference championship.
According to the Post and Courier, her oldest son, Chris Singleton, is a Charleston Southern sophomore baseball player.
“She loved baseball and loved Chris,” Goose Creek baseball coach Chris Pond said. “She loved everyone and always had a positive attitude about everything.”